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I was totally right about Christmas and receiving even more perfumes than I already own so Ive got to try and get my last two scent reviews done before I move onto my new collection. Anywaythis particular perfume I initially didnt want to try because I thought the name was a bit odd and even though Id heard a lot of brilliant things about Agent Provacateur I really wasnt sold on the idea of this perfume straight away, the perfume in question is obviously this 'Agent Provacateur - Maitresse' which yes is a very odd name but the perfume itself is actually much nicer than I expected - dont expect miracles but this is an okay scent.
Price: Around £25 - 50ml bottle - Although prices vary greatly so be on the lookout for a bargain.
Stockists: Amazon, eBay, Boots & Debenhams.
Perfume Type: Feminine, Oriental & Fruity. 'Maitresse' is actually french for teacher - even the perfume name in english seems very odd to me - why is a perfume called teacher? LOL.
The bottle is a quite chunky, gold teardrop shape which I know most people will be drawn to but I personally think for this brand it comes across a bit tacky and I think the gold is a bit too shimmery and glittery for me - its an okay colour but for A.P I expected something a bit classier. On the front of the bottle is the perfume name in swirly red lettering along with an image of a scantily clad woman which I think is supposed to add to the seductive tone of the design overall - I dont think they quite managed to make the bottle look THAT sexy and seductive and although it is very nice I wouldnt buy it for the bottle alone - I dont think it would appeal to me in a shop. Its okay but nothing really special.
Top Notes: Saffron , Corriander & Morrocan Rose.
Middle Notes: Amber, Jasmine & Ylang Ylang.
Base Notes: Magnolia & Musk.
So judging by that list I have NO idea why this has been described as a fruity perfume as there are no fruity scents and it doesnt smell very sweet or fruity at all to me. It is definitely a floral fragrance with a spicy, oriental edge.
The Morrocan Rose, Jasmine & Ylang Ylang are definitely the strongest scents straight off the bat and all the way through really which gives this perfume a really sensual, heady fragrance which I really enjoy while it lasts before the other notes start to mix in. The notes of Corriander + Saffronb are very noticable throughout which is what gives this perfume the spicy edge - thankfully it is just a edge that stays in the background and not one that makes this perfume smell like a balti restaurant! The Musk comes through towards the end and gives this perfume a much sweeter and slightly heavier tone which makes it perfect for wearing at night. The smell is very pleasant - its not my favourite ever but it's one I would deifnitely wear more in the future.
The senusal, heavy notes in this scent ensure that the staying power is actually pretty great. This tends to last around 6 hours on my skin which is just better than average in my experience so one bottle will last quite a while.
I would recommend this scent to Id guess 20's and upwards as I think it might be a little to sensual and sophisticated for younger women. Having said that Im 19 and I really like it so try before you buy as you might be surprised.
Day Or Night? Summer Or Winter?
Definitely a nightime fragrance in my opinion this would be far too heavy for me to wear in the day - I think ti would give me a headache. But I think this would be suitable to wear at any time of year I dont think this would suit a season more. Overall recommended from me.
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Perfume is a very personal thing - a scent that smells amazing on one person may smell awful on someone else, due to the bodies natural pheremones, temperature, and to a persons own individual scent.
For years people have been using perfume to make themselves more alluring - for example, the early Egyptians used scented balms as part of their preperations for lovemaking . Fast-forward to the modern day, and I, like many women, still like a little spritz of scent for those special romantic occasions.
Now, a romantic encounter calls for something a little more sensual and erotic than my normal day to day spritz, and one of my favourites in Agent Provacateur's Maitresse, which comes in a sexy chubby teardrop shaped bottle, a rich shiny gold in colour with dark red colours accenting the scantily clad lady on the bottle . The bottle screams seduction - and thats exactly what I use this perfume for.
The first whiff of this fragrance is incredibly feminine - with a simple pure scent of white lotus , exotic and oriiental, yet very simple and uncluttered. This simplicity lasts for around 20 minutes, before more notes creep into the mix - deep florals of rose, violet, and jasmine, with a hint of something sharp and spicy. After a little more development, we finally hit notes of musk and amber, the whole effect being an incredibly rich and intoxicating scent, quite heavy (certainly too heavy for day-wear) and certainly sexy.
I would say this perfume is most suited to evenings, being rather too heavy to wear in the daytime, almost on the verge of overpowering at times. This is a scent made for seduction - just spritz a little on your wrists and behind your knees, light a few candles, and a night of passion is on the cards .
A fabulous perfume for those romantic nights in bed , this is available from most large department stores, and a 50ml bottle will set you back between £40 and £50 , depending on where you purchase. This might seem a lot, but a tiny spray is all that is needed to set the mood, and stored properly a bottle of this will last for ages.
4 stars, one off for being a little pricy.
I had been after a perfume by Agent Provocateur for ages (can't afford the underwear so make do with the scent) and at last I got one - although it wasn't the one I wanted!! However I wasn't disappointed with this gift especially as it was the special edition one.
The bottle is a lovely gold colour with a picture of the girl on the bottle and also an outline on the back so you can see how much of the perfume you have left. This is a spray however there is a clip on the top which allows to fasten around the spray and stops any being sprayed accidentally or the top being depressed which is so great for when you have it in your bag. I can't think why more bottles aren't designed like this, as I generally always lose the tops on bottle and sprays leak in my bag and this wrap round clip is very effective.
This scent has a gold shimmer to it so when applying you must shake the bottle first, I did forget to do this initially and always remember after I had applied it however I tend to remember now. The gold shimmer can be a bit annoying especially as if you spray it, it can go over your clothes or just leak a little bit and I appreciate it is supposed to be sexy but think it is quite a juvenile thing and I don't really need it. The scent itself is lovely, musky, but quite light at the same time and seems to me to smell a little bit of violets as you can definitely smell a more floral scent than what I traditionally like. When applying a couple of sprays is suffice so the product itself lasts for ages.
I'm not sure of the price of this as it was a gift however I would purchase it again although I would try to purchase it without the gold shimmer next time.
I received this as a Christmas present last year from my sister in law. I loved the shiny bottle with the sexy lady on straight away and was excited to smell the perfume. It's gorgeous - a lovely sexy smell but not too heavy and can be worn day or night. I also love the handy 'collar' which stops the perfume being spritzed - great for when the bottle is in your hand bag!
The only downside is that you can't see how much you have left in the bottle but it would be a terrible shame to change the beautiful bottle so not sure what could be done about that.
I liked it so much I've asked my sister in law for some more this Christmas - fingers crossed! It also means I shouldn't run out - the shake test reveals there is a fair bit left in my first bottle still!
So there' s a picture of a stocking wearing siren drawing me to this decadent golden bottle. I'm not one for judging purely by aesthetics but this perfume just seems to scream sexy. With one just spritz i was set on the alluring sensual sent that was released by this vintage inspired golden grenade. Not only is the initial scent seductive and strong with out smelling like you've just bathed in potpourri, it actually lasts. I've spritzed this on when on the tube in the morning and had people still comment on it that evening. What more can i say then it smells as good as it looks: timeless, tempting and truly yummy.
****Agent Provocateur Maitresse ****
There's no doubt about it i love perfumes and it is the first section i check out in a shop. I cant remember exactly when i bought this but i came across this the other day when i was giving the house a spring clean.
Just looking at the bottle gives me an idea as to why i bought this perfume as it is very appealing to look at. The bottle is a ovalish shape and is gold in colour with deep red writing on it . It does look very elegant and i think it stands out from other perfumes that i own.
When you first smell it you are hit with quite a strong smell. Notes in this perfume include white lotus petals-gives the perfume a light perfume smell,white ylang ylang,osmanthus,jasmine and a musk smell. All popular ingredients which you will find in quite a few perfumes.I do like the overall smell even if it is quite strong and i would recommend this perfume as another going out smell.
Another nice perfume but looking at the price (30ml -£25 ) i probably wouldn't buy it again. It is nice but nothing special and i would much rather try something different.
There's no doubt about it - I own far too many perfumes. I think it's bordering on an addiction (Dior Addict + Addict Eau Fraiche - check). I don't understand how people live without perfume - I find that with one squirt I can transform my mood. Feeling low? Spray on a happy perfume like CKIN2U, O Oui by Lancome or Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Going out clubbing? A spritz of Addict or Baby Doll by YSL will do nicely. Missing the summer? Some rosewater will perk you right up. Out for a meal? Stella by Stella McCartney or Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle are grown-up and relaxed enough to cope. Planning a great seduction? Time for the Agent Provocateur Original. My name is Louise and I'm a perfume-o-holic.
I was a huge fan of Agent Provocateur's first perfume offering - the self-titled beauty in the pink and black packaging, which smelt spicy and sexy, and probably had something to do with my netting of Mr Right. It was with high expectations, then, that I first sniffed out Maitresse, their second perfume offering.
Maitresse comes in a beautiful bottle. Red glass overlaid with shiny gold, it bears a picture of a glamourous looking lady wearing nothing but stockings, long gloves and heels, looking away from us; and the name of the perfume. There is no lid, with a red PVC ribbon attached to a clip being used to stop any inadvertent spraying instead. It's simplistic, classy (even with the nude chick on it) and timeless - three things Agent Provocateur aspire to in most of their products.
On my first spray, I was struck by how strong this perfume is. The scent is only available in an Eau de Parfum, which means that it is stronger than a lot of perfumes you will find on the high street - you only need a bit. In fact, this is one of those "put too much on and you'll feel a bit sick and dizzy" perfumes, so less really is more.
The Eau de Parfum status of the perfume does affect the price as well as the strength. This isn't cheap. Expect to pay £30 for a 30ml bottle. I usually look for more expensive perfumes in the January sales, when you can often find a gift set for a lower price than the bottle alone. I managed to get myself a gift set with a 30ml bottle and a body wash for about £25.
But enough negatives! What does it smell like?
Notes in this perfume include:
White Lotus Petals - a light and flowery scent to top the perfume off, the scent of these petals blends beautifully with the rest of the notes to ensure that the scent has a smooth and logical start.
White Ylang Ylang - famed as an aphrodisiac but not actually that nice when you sniff it alone, this lighter version of Ylang Ylang introduces the scent without letting it overpower the perfume. It's fairly prominent in the overall perfume, but it's not overpowering and the other notes compliment it so well that this is actually the first time I've really liked Ylang Ylang!
Osmanthus core - a new one on me. Wikipedia reliably informs me that this is a plant from South-East Asia, which is often used for a tea infusion which is similar to Jasmine.
Jasmine Sambac - a similar-sounding plant to our Osmanthus, this is a type of Jasmine from Asia, which is the national flower of the Phillipines. These two notes combine to give some beautiful lasting notes to the fragrance which are flowery yet woody. Deep and seductive without being sweet or girly, these run right through the heart of this scent.
Musk - Musk is the natural base for these notes, helping to bring out the warmth in the other notes and making this a very long-lasting and seductive scent.
These notes combine perfectly. The progression of the perfume on the skin is beautiful - there isn't one point at which you notice that the scent has disappeared. The Jasmine-a-like smells run from the Ylang Ylang to the Osmanthus core to the Sambac making the perfume feel logical and complete. What I like about the scent is that it smells very similar in the heart notes to on the top notes. There isn't that disappointment you get when your perfume dies after ten minutes here: the scent is very similar on application to how it will smell two hours later.
This is the most sophisticated perfume I own, by a long way. In my perfume hierachy, it is on the top rung. I only break this one out for special occasions - weddings, meals in restaurants I can't really afford, anniversaries... any event that I want to feel sexy, sophisticated and grown-up for. It is the kind of fragrance you would feel overdressed in for most occasions, but it is just perfect for making you feel that little bit more glamourous on a special occasion.
Purely because it isn't suitable for everyday use, it isn't my favourite fragrance. I do love this perfume, but it doesn't lend itself to being used for many occasions, and because of this it still doesn't feel like "my" scent. I love wearing it and have always had a magical evening when I do, but it makes me feel like someone else. Maybe I'm not quite grown up enough for it yet (and I'm no spring chicken), but in a lot of ways this does feel like too "big" a fragrance for me to carry off.
Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this perfume if you are a fan of bold, seductive and sophisticated scents. It ticks all of those boxes perfectly.
The original Agent Provocateur perfume was (and still is) one of my absolute favourite perfumes of all time. I was having a little browse at House of Frasier and came across the Maitresse perfume, which was the latest release in the Agent Provocateur range. (I bought this in 2007)
The bottle was a beautiful alluring gold colour, but the same shape as the original AP perfume. The tester cards that came with it, I thought, were quite amusing. It was a card in red, shaped like a girl in lingerie. I'd never seen anything like it before, so I thought that was pretty original of them.
When I sprayed some perfume on to the card, I must say, I fell in love with Agent Provocateur all over again! This scent had very familiar notes of the original, you could tell that this was its sister, but this one was a lot more cheerful and awake smelling. It didn't have as much of the deep, woody and musky scents that the original had. The tones used in Maîtresse includes notes of white lotus petals, ylang-ylang, osmanthus, jasmin sambac, white suede, and musk.
For anyone who loves the original and wants something equally romantic but more up beat, this is the way to go! The prices range from 20 to about 45 pounds, depending where you shop and the size you get.
Group: Floral aldehyde
~ Introduction ~
I've long been wanting to sample this scent and during a 'smell trip' with my friend over the weekend I managed to get a vial of Maitresse Eau de Parfum in Debenhams. I had no expectations whatsoever unless the excitement I feel when sampling a new scent; though I was suspecting Maitresse to be a sensual, sexy fragrance in line with the Agent Provocateur image.
~ The packaging ~
Continuing the theme of the house's signature perfume, the shape of the bottle is egg or grenade shaped and this time plated with gold. There is a female body in a sexy pose on the bottle, her contours, her hair and the accessories she's wearing are sort of carved out from the golden plating revealing a deep red tinted glass of the bottle and when turned at the light, the sparkling liquid inside. There's a red ribbon hanging off the neck of the nozzle. The nozzle is also gold and a standard cylindrical shape and a similar lid to top it off. Certainly, a fantastic packaging, sexy and definitely makes a statement. The box is luxurious with a red ribbon tied across and the familiar granny-style 'hand-written' signature in black that can also be seen on the bottle.
~ The fragrance ~
Top notes: white lotus
The first impressions of Maitresse are sheer, feminine floral notes of exotic lotus that will last for about half an hour. There are no sharp fruity edges, it's a gentle, sweet and transparent accord, not quite something I was expecting from a perfume called 'maitresse' the French word for mistress.
There are no premature oozing middle notes seeping up, the top note is held well in control. Maitresse is definitely not a sugary sexbomb type of perfume at this point, though it does send the subtle message that there's more to come what it seems to be at first.
Middle notes: ylang-ylang, rose absolute, jasmine, osmanthus, violet, orris
About half an hour later, a blend of sensual white flowers of delicate lotus, jasmine and powdery gentle rose appear which takes me by surpise. Maitresse is now starting to reveal it's true sensuality. The heart notes are very sexy and powerful on the senses, a real head-turner, and at the same time soft and creamy, delicately mellow and velvety smooth, it practically melts onto the skin! It conjures up images of fluffy white cashmere that caresses a woman's body. Feminine and light, yet powerful floral mixed with the sexiness of delicately 'animalistic' musk.
Base notes: Iso E Super, white suede, musk, amber
I can start smelling the base notes after 3 - 4 hours and this is where the composition shifts to a type of aldehyde reminiscent of Chanel 5. Aldehydes are synthetic ingredients which give a scent a fresh, crisp aroma. I am not too keen on synthetic ingredients as my nose tends to pick them up as artificial and empty, and I normally stay clear of aldehydic perfumes including like Chanel 5. or Coco Mademoiselle - as they smell like detergent to me or soapy at the least.
The notes are still mainly floral with a slightly spicy edge that makes the scent a tad naughtier, in a good sense! It's now richer and has a warm, sultry edge. I like the fragrance less at this point, as these notes aren't ones I usually wear though the timing is excellent as this delayed apparition does make the soft, floral middle notes linger pleasantly longer.
After 6 hours the dry down turns into an ever so light soapy and floral finish, with musk and amber continuing to set the bedroom scene... it's definitely suited for love and more... I leave it to your imagination!
~ Conclusion ~
Maitresse has exceeded all my expectations I had towards the look and feel of the bottle and the name. In fact the blend isn't groundbreaking - in a way it is a very well-worked modern interpretation of the classic floral aldehydes spiced with that 'je ne sais pas quoi' - which is in fact a new or reworked aldehydic chemical patented and developed by Agent Provocateur - that makes Maitresse a definite olfactory pleasure.
The only downside is the price, however nice this perfume is I find it overpriced for what it is, hence the reason I'm giving it four stars. It's probably suited for evening wear rather than everyday use as using it regularly can be quite strong and tiring on the senses. You skin may bring out the notes differently, on me the powdery, exotic florals are always very long-lasting and powerful so a couple of squirts will last for the day!
Try a spritz of this and if you like it, I'd suggest buying a small bottle of Maitresse online to use it those special occasions!
~ Price / where to buy ~
Department stores, www.agentprovocateur.com
£46 / 50ml Eau de Parfum Spray
£66 / 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray
Fragrance Direct (www.fragrancedirect.co.uk):
19.95 / 30ml Eau de Parfum Spray Fully Packaged
17.50 / 200ml Seductive Milk Body Wash
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©powered by lillybee also published on Ciao! UK
This is a perfume I bought at the end of last year with money I was given at christmas. I was still pregnant at that point, so i couldn't spend the money on clothes, so i decided to buy another perfume (it has become quite an addiction of mine in the last year, to the point that even my husband bought me a new one yesterday-kylie, darling-which is ok, but not my favourite).
I spent ages trawling Debenhams, Superdrug, Boots, The Perfume Shop and The Perfume Counter, as i decided that this one was one i was going to really splash out on, i wanted to make sure that it was really nice, spending quite alot on it. I trawled the shops back and forth to the point that my eldest daughter-3 years old and was walking, started to cry, 'No Mummy, not in here again!'
I paid £30 in Superdrug for this, and Debenhams had it for the same price. The reason I didn't buy it from Debenhams was that They have an exclusive version in there that when sprayed leaves a gold shimmer on your skin. It was very tempting, but i decided ultimately against it, as I thought that it would end up all over my clothes if i sprayed it into the air-but on the skin it did look lovely-like the bottle colour on your arm, shimmery.
The perfume comes in a card box that is golden and bears the name on the front. Open the top and out slides another card sheet with a rectangle sticking out at the top and the bottom for the bottle to sit between, keeping it in place inside the box. It is a good design, as it means that its totally card, so can be recycled.
The bottle itself is glass and is sprayed-or perhaps a type of foil wrap? to look like its made of gold. The name and the 'provocative' lady on the bottle are etched from the gold, so you can see a little of the perfume inside-handy to know how much is left. Then there is a little metal clasp under the spray top, that is a little C shape, and can be a little stiff to get off the bottle. there is a deep red tag to help you pull it off, but mine came off once through pulling hard, though i managed to get it back on again.
Now the important bit-how does it smell?
It's all very well being well packaged, it will look lovely sat on the dressing table, but perfumes need to smell good too! And this one-oh my god, its delectible. It oozes sophisticated sexiness and is up there in my list of favourites with my faithful Gautiler, Ghost and Armarni.
This is most definately one to wear on a date, as it really is apt for the company that has made it-Agent Provocateur actually make sexy lingerie for those that haven't heard of them.
Now I didnt know what the scents were-just that they make an amazingly seductive combination, but for those of you that like to know, it contains White Lotus Petals, White Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus Core (thats a new one on me!) and Jasmin Sambac. (another one i havent heard before).
This perfume goes a long way i find-although i love to immerse myself in it anyway! The scent lasts ages, you'll still be able to easily detect the scent hours after it was applied.
So if you're after a sexy sophisticated scent (this one is definately better suited to those post-teens) Then give this one a try-I challenge anyone to find someone that doesn't like this scent!
Maitresse has been created to stand aside its classic sister scent. With top notes of White Lotus Petals and delicate nuances of white Ylang Ylang, this passionate and intoxicating Eau De Parfum is a scent of seduction.